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Things Which Cannot Be Shaken

By F. M. Perry

God once spoke to the Twelve Tribes of Israel from the top of Mount Sinai, and when He did, Heb. 12:26 tells us, "His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, ‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.'" And then the writer of Hebrews goes on to explain in verse 27, "And this expression, ‘yet once more,’ denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, in order that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot br shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire."

Through these words God tells us that He will shake and remove all those things which are made (which are created) which can be shaken, and only those things will remain for eternity which cannot be shaken. The things which cannot be shaken, then, are the things on which our hope of eternal salvation depend. In this life on earth there are before us at all times both the things which will be shaken (things which are only temporary), and the things which cannot be shaken (things which are eternal). Among all these things, then, if we wish to be saved with the eternal salvation which God offers us, we must seize upon and cling to the things which cannot be shaken.

Those of you who were in Alaska to experience the great earthquake of 1964 know that the earth can be shaken. The earth on which we live is subject to earthquakes, tidal waves, volcanic eruptions, tornados, hurricanes, and floods. Many people have their very existence shaken by these things regularly. Communities and buildings and lives that have been thought secure and lasting are shaken to their very foundations. Our lives are shaken by sickness, accident, loss of job and income. Our parents, friends, and relatives are soon taken from us as they pass away from this earthly life. Indeed, we ourselves will soon pass from the scene. All earthly lives are soon shaken by death.

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